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Food Items For a Picnic: Menu Ideas for Your Next Outing

Updated on May 25, 2015
A Victorian Picnic. Food items for a picnic and menu ideas for your next outing.
A Victorian Picnic. Food items for a picnic and menu ideas for your next outing.

Going on a picnic is one of the most enjoyable activities of Spring and Summer. In Victorian days, picnics were very popular and enjoyed alongside weekend activities like croquet and canoeing.

Then and now, people look forward to picnic outings to eat refreshing, delicious food and get some much-needed fresh air. To inspire you and give you ideas for your meal, this hub provides a list of food items for a picnic with six different menu ideas.

The Victorian Picnic:

Roast Beef Sandwich. Old-fashioned picnic menu.
Roast Beef Sandwich. Old-fashioned picnic menu.
Fruit Trifle. Sunday afternoon picnic menu.
Fruit Trifle. Sunday afternoon picnic menu.

The Old-fashioned Picnic:

Inspired by traditional picnic fare of the 1950s.

  • Roast beef sandwiches
  • Potato salad
  • Fresh nectarines or peaches
  • Easy bake brownies
  • Iced tea


The Sunday Afternoon Picnic:

A more elaborate picnic that requires extra cooking and prep time.

  • Fried chicken
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Lettuce, tomato, and cucumber salad
  • Fruit trifle
  • Lemonade


Apples with Peanut Butter. Inexpensive, cheap picnic menu.
Apples with Peanut Butter. Inexpensive, cheap picnic menu.

The Inexpensive Picnic:

For when you don't have a lot of money to spend but you still want a filling and delicious meal.

  • Egg salad sandwiches with tomato
  • Rice and beans
  • Apples with peanut butter
  • Iced tea


The Cold Weather Picnic:

Great for people who would rather picnic in the Fall or early Spring, and don't like hot weather.


Grapes and Strawberries. Vegetarian/Vegan Picnic Menu.
Grapes and Strawberries. Vegetarian/Vegan Picnic Menu.
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms. Gourmet/Upscale Picnic Menu.
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms. Gourmet/Upscale Picnic Menu.

The Vegetarian/Vegan Picnic:

For people who don't eat meat or any animal products.

  • Black bean burgers with lettuce, tomato, and pickles
  • Pasta salad with cucumber, red bell pepper, oil, and vinegar
  • Peanut butter on crackers
  • Grapes and strawberries
  • Lemonade


The Gourmet Picnic:

For those who want an upscale picnic menu.

  • Grilled cold portabella mushrooms
  • Angel food cake with Nutella and strawberries
  • Spring water


These menus were meant to give you themes and ideas for your next picnic, but you need not be elaborate or invest a lot of time in planning them.

Picnics can be made with just about any food you have on hand, you simply need to improvise. Leftover meats from last night's dinner can easily be sliced and put onto bread. Potatoes or pasta make good salads with oil or mayonaisse. Fresh fruit like oranges or bananas can be quickly tossed into picnic baskets and bags.

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  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    6 years ago from Jamaica

    I love peanut butter so absolutely must try that...lol, my fiancé is going to have so much fun laughing at me!

  • Life and Luxury profile imageAUTHOR

    Life and Luxury 

    6 years ago from South Beach, FL

    Thanks Cardisa. You can dip the apple, spread it, or place the peanut butter between two apple slices, like a sandwich.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    6 years ago from Jamaica

    These are really good picnic ideas. I must confess the apple and peanut butter surprised me. Do you dip the apple in the peanut butter....I really am curious here.

  • Life and Luxury profile imageAUTHOR

    Life and Luxury 

    6 years ago from South Beach, FL

    Thank you. I just ate after writing this hub LOL

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    HubTub 

    6 years ago

    Wonderful hub with very tasty and fun ideas! Only one problem, I'm extremely hungry now and want to go on a picnic! :) Voted up, useful, and awesome!

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